Searching for the right hotel for your business trip can be stressful. Your boss might not mind if you stay in a dingy hole in the wall to save on money, but you have other (more expensive) options in mind. We’ve all stayed in a hotel that was less than perfect; even brand new and refurbished rooms will make you dig behind the TV cabinet for signs of a second power point or only offer one instant coffee sachet amongst the million bags of tea. If the man up top needs a little extra persuading for a better hotel, here are the four features every business hotel should offer for their corporate guests.
Is it in a convenient location?
I’ll be honest, it’s not the presentation that sends me into a ball of anxiety, it’s the getting to the destination that does. Organizing the public transport and then wondering whether you got on the right bus, or being stuck in a traffic jam and fretting on whether you will get your projector screen set up in time. Save your sanity, by choosing a hotel that’s in a central location, close to amenities and is within ample distance of your client meetings.
Can I plug in more than one thing?
I know, power points right? Petty as it sounds, there’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to plug in more than one gadget at a time. This doesn’t include power points with clocks and lamps already plugged in, no one wants to have to choose between a light or charging source. When it comes to power points, the more the better! If there’s international points then sign me up now!
Does it have a desk?
While we’d love to leave our work at the office door when embarking on a corporate trip, it has this uncanny way of following us. It doesn’t just disappear overnight, and if we leave it, the workload will be doubled by the time we return. For this reason, it’s really important to find a hotel that offers a chair and desk set up within the room. A desk will ensure you won’t fall asleep in the middle of writing an important email on your comfortable bed.
Please sir, can I have some free Wi-Fi?
Imagine this: You need to complete some last minute research for an upcoming presentation but when you check the Wi-Fi rates, you realize a ten minute search will leave you $50 out of pocket. Hotels are smart and often charge a daily fee for internet usage. In the world of corporate travel, free Wi-Fi is everything so I always try to choose an hotel where it is free, especially if I’m the one who’s paying.
Of course, this isn’t an extensive list of hotel desirables; services including board/conference rooms, transport organizers, and in-house receptionists also come in handy.